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The woman whose body was found near her submerged car in New Vineyard last June died of apparent blunt force trauma unrelated to a possible car accident.
Collette Daggett, 43, of New Vineyard, was found dead lying on the edge of a pond after her husband – Wilfred Daggett, 42 – reported to police that his vehicle was submerged in the pond and the couple needed medical assistance on June 1, 2021, according to Maine State Police spokeswoman Shannon Moss.
According to the Sun Journal, Wilfred Dagget allegedly told officers that the couple tried to pirouette before the car somehow ended up in the small man-made pond. He also reportedly said he was unable to perform CPR due to recent surgery.
He was then taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington and later released.
Wilfred Daggett was issued an arrest warrant and charged with the murder of Collette Daggett in early June 2022. He was found dead in his vehicle on June 10 and died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound , according to Moss.
An autopsy finalized in March and released as part of an affidavit on Wednesday found that the ligaments connecting Collette Daggett’s head to her neck had been damaged, consistent with internal decapitation, as well as a fractured rib, an eye bruised, a bruise under the scalp and overlapping lungs, according to Lewiston’s diary. A consultant forensic engineer estimated that she had not been injured in a possible car accident.
Home security footage from June 1, 2021, which has been reviewed by investigators, allegedly showed Collette Daggett telling her husband that she was going on vacation and would be back, shortly before the car crashed. finds himself in the pond and his body is discovered.
Collette Daggett also allegedly wrote repeatedly about Wilfred Daggett’s controlling and abusive behavior two years before his death, according to the Sun Journal.